Official opening of the Annual Meetings 2017

Today, the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will officially be opened by the president of the World Bank Group: Jim Yong Kim.  Furthermore there will be held some more interesting events for 10/12/2017. Below there is more information about these events. Enjoy! You are even able to participate within these events through the World Bank Live.


  • 10/12/2017 – 08:45 – 9:30 ET – Official Annual Meeting Opening

The World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim will address the press during the Annual meetings 2017 of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund.

  • 10/12/2017 – 11:00 to 12:30 ET – Digital Economy for Development

The speed and size of the fast-changing digital technology have impact on the daily life, business and the global economy. Leaders of the private and public sector enter the dialogue about how traditional paths to development are being disrupt by digital technology.

  • 10/12/2017 – 14:00 to 15:00 ET – The Belt & Road Initiative: Building Bonds Across Asia, Europe and Beyond

The Belt & Road (B&R) Initiative is an ambitious project that aims to improve transport infrastructure, lower trade barriers, deepen financial cooperation and build stronger people-to-people bonds across Asia, Europe and beyond. What are the implications of the Belt and Road Initiative on trade, investment and economic growth? How can the Initiative support development strategies for countries in the region? What are its risks and what sets of policies and institutions can mitigate them?

  • 10/12/2017 – 14:30 to 15:30 ET – Sustainable Mobility

With a growing global population and increasing urbanization, the social and economic importance of the transport sector has never been greater. Panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing sustainable mobility, including the promise of new technologies, and efforts by the World Bank Group and partners to ensure that the transport sector moves in a direction that is environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable.